Louisville is likely to be favored by 42 against FIU Saturday -- and there are four other winless teams on the U of L schedule.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I did not plan to begin with Monday Rewind with another howl about the University of Louisville football schedule.
The schedule is bad. You know that. I know that. Everybody knows that. It looked bad in April. It looked bad in July. It looks bad today. It will look bad tomorrow.
But the events of the weekend have moved the schedule to the point where it is breaking terrifically bad for the Cardinals. What can Charlie Strong say to make the world pay attention to the next two games on the Louisville schedule?
I'm waiting. The floor is open.
FIU is horrible. Temple is mostly horrible. Both lost home games to FCS opponents Saturday. FIU to Bethune-Cookman. Temple to Fordham, which hasn't had a great football moment since Vince Lombardi graduated.
Bethune-Cookman ran for 311 yards against FIU. Get ready Brandon Radcliff. You will see the end zone. The Owls were beaten on a Hail Mary pass, but there is no justifying a loss to Fordham.
FIU will likely come to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium as a 42-point underdog. (The only other team currently favored by as much is UCLA, which is minus-42 with New Mexico State.) The Panthers have lost their first three games by an average of nearly 31 points.
Temple is also winless. The Cardinals visit Philadelphia Oct. 5. Plenty of good seats should be available. The Owls played in front of more than 48,000 empty seats at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday.
This is the combined record of the remaining teams on the Louisville schedule: 9-15. Central Florida and Houston have delivered five of those nine wins. The UCF game, set for ESPN on Friday Oct. 18, could be for the championship of The American.
Five of the nine teams left on the U of L schedule are still winless.
Bad. And breaking even worse.
The howling about the Louisville schedule and the Cards' first-half struggle with Kentucky was not unexpected. That's the way it works in college football today.
Although Louisville was only favored to beat Kentucky by 14-1/2, few national folks were going to give the Cardinals credit – or even a pass – for beating the Wildcats 27-13.
But there are other teams that also earned a closer look. Like Stanford, for one.
The Cardinal played Army at West Point Saturday. They were favored to win by 30-1/2 points.
They won by 14. They were only ahead by seven more than 10 minutes into the third quarter. This is one week after Army was blitzed by Ball State, 40-14.
Army finished with more first downs than Stanford and averaged 4.7 yards per rush. That's the profile of a team that many project to battle Oregon for a spot in the BCS championship game?
I await the howling about The Cardinal.
Apparently Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty is no longer feeling the love that he felt after the Hilltoppers toppled Kentucky to open their season. Doughty made this announcement at 3:15 Sunday afternoon:
I can only guess that a few fans were not pleased with WKU's come from ahead loss at South Alabama Saturday night. Twitter reminds me of a big city. The trip from the greatest neighborhood in the world to a danger zone is usually less than a block.
There's more Twitter fire. Bret Bielema used to coach the Wisconsin Badgers. Now he has won his first three games at Arkansas.
Doesn't matter. Many in Wisconsin were insulted that Bielema bolted a team that he guided to a Rose Bowl to take the sixth or seventh best job in the Southeastern Conference. They've said some things about Bielema. A lot of things.
Saturday night Wisconsin lost its first game under new coach Gary Anderson in about as bizarre a finish as you can imagine. The Badgers were in position to kick a fairly makeable game-winning field goal. But there was no kick.
They didn't get the clock stopped. Call it an officiating error. Call it gamesmanship by an Arizona State defensive lineman. Call it a coaching blunder by Wisconsin. Call it inexcusable.
I know what Jen Bielema, Bret's wife called it. I read it on her Twitter account (@jenbielema):
Whoa! That went over about as well a September snowstorm in Madison. It wasn't long until somebody messaged back: "I hope your husband gets his leg taken out on the sideline JoePa style." Jen Bielema Tweeted that, too.
Anybody else hoping for an Arkansas-Wisconsin bowl game? I am.
HOOSIERS' GAME OF THE YEAR – TWO OF THEM
One week after Kevin Wilson's IU football team had a very, very, very bad loss to Navy, the Hoosiers delivered a solid win against Bowling Green Saturday. IU won, 42-10, even though Wilson twice went for it on fourth down inside the Bowling Green and saw his team fail.
Didn't matter. IU smacked a team many say is no worse than the second-best team in the Mid-American Conference. After three weekends, the Hoosiers rank sixth in the nation in scoring at 50 points per game.
"They got us out of our defense," Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson told the Toledo Blade. "A lot of what we do is we press our corners and gang up on the run. When they threw the ball over our head for the sixth or seventh time, we had to stop outnumbering the run. And we gave them a better run surface."
Yep. Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld passed for 335 yards and two halfbacks – Tevin Coleman and Stephen Houston – both ran for more than 100 yards.
Now the Hoosiers face their Game of the Year. Two of them. Back to back. Missouri and Penn State. Both in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers are 5-point underdogs against the Tigers. And they've never beaten the Nittany Lions. That's 16 games. And 16 losses.
Game of the Year. Two of them. Back-to-back with a week off in between.
This reminds me of a story about a trip the Kentucky football team once made to Florida. Iowa played at Iowa State Saturday. The Hawkeyes escaped with 27-21 victory. But Iowa sustained some losses.
Check the police report from Ames. Law enforcement officials were summoned to the Iowa locker room after the game. Somebody got inside and walked away with goodies.
Iowa issued a post-game statement thanking Iowa State for helping them with the investigation into the undisclosed items that were missing from Iowa players and coaches after the game. The only loss confirmed publicly was a cell phone by one of the Hawkeyes' assistants.
The Monday Rewind is surprised this doesn't happen on a regular basis. I've only been robbed once in a press room.
Madison Square Garden.
How'd you know?
Got my bag, my clothes and my toiletries. Good thing it was the second-day of a three-day trip.